HOUSTON -- The play of the game of week one of the Texans season is no doubt Brian Cushing’s first career interception to tie the game in San Diego.
For Cushing it is a great step in getting his career back on track.
“I think that it just shows a lot of character. This team is full of characters and guys that want to win," Cushing said. "We knew we could do it. We felt the momentum. You know we had no business winning the game."
At least not until Cushing pulled out his superman cape, flew across the field and hauled in the interception that tied the game.
"Cush. He is back and now everybody knows it," said Texans Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips. "He is a big play player."
The road to his six year, 55-million dollar contract extension has not been smooth.
While always gifted on the field there has been trouble too for the 2009 NFL Defensive Rookie of the year.
The biggest problem was a four game suspension for use of non-steroid performance enhancing drugs in 2010.
But the crushing blow came last October 5 when he suffered a season ending knee injury that required major surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament.
"It was a very dark time. You know any previous injury than that was me missing a game or two. Now having a season taken away from me watching guys go out to practice every day and not being able to contribute was a helpless feeling," Cushing said.
Think of this as an opening contribution.
Here is the scary part at least for those who have to face off with Cushing.
"Over the course of the season he will keep getting stronger," said former Texans defensive standout and 11 sports analyst Seth Payne. "He is not in game shape yet. He was treated with kid gloves as he should have been during training camp. For the next two or three weeks he will make a lot of progress very quickly."
Cushing said that he is now a Texan and a Houstonian and wants nothing more than to bring the city its first Lombardi Trophy.